Series Preview 7/15-17: Marlins vs. Cardinals

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In their first series of the second half, the Cardinals will play host to the Marlins for three games in St. Louis, the teams’ first series together since August of 2015.

In the first game of the series, the Cardinals will start Jaime Garcia. Garcia, after posting a 5.40 earned run average in June, has allowed five earned runs in two July starts before the All-Star break. Garcia’s counterpart will be Wei-Yin Chen. Chen has gone seven innings in two of his three most recent starts and has whiffed fourteen in that span.

The middle game of the series will feature Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. Wainwright has not allowed an earned run over his last fourteen innings of work and will enter Saturday with a 2.76 ERA over his last seven starts. Tom Koehler will toe the rubber for the Marlins. Koehler, who has not fared well as of late, is looking to rebound after allowing ten earned runs on 22 hits over his last twelve innings.

In the finale of the three-game series, Michael Wacha will pitch for St. Louis. Wacha has struck out eighteen batters over his three starts and enters the second half of the season with a team-high 93 punchouts. Pitching for Miami is slated to be Adam Conley. Conley has allowed only two earned runs over his last couple of starts, in which he has struck out nine.

Who’s hot?

Marlins: Christian Yelich, left fielder. Yelich entered the All-Star break riding a .379 batting clip over his seven games.

Cardinals: Randal Grichuk, right fielder. Since returning from his stint in the minors, Grichuk is 9-for-22 with four runs batted in.

 

 

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